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Winner Picked in 29th Thelonious Monk Competition

2018 was a remarkable year for the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, held Dec. 2-3 in Washington, D.C. It marked the return of jazz’s most prestigious contest after a two-year hiatus, and a delayed 30th-anniversary celebration for the event, which began in 1987. It was also the last iteration that will bear the name of … Read More “Winner Picked in 29th Thelonious Monk Competition”

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Monk Institute Piano Competition Set for Dec. 2 and 3

The 2018 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition is scheduled for Dec. 2 and 3 in Washington, D.C. Originally, the competition was to be held in October 2017, but it was postponed for a variety of reasons, including a marked uptick in other benefit events due to natural disasters. On the first day, at the … Read More “Monk Institute Piano Competition Set for Dec. 2 and 3”

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Jason Moran Pays Tribute to James Reese Europe at Kennedy Center

Pianist and composer Jason Moran will pay tribute to the legacy of James Reese Europe, the African-American bandleader who introduced jazz to France at the end of World War I, with the U.S. premiere of a new original piece at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The piece, titled … Read More “Jason Moran Pays Tribute to James Reese Europe at Kennedy Center”

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Eddie Palmieri to Release Second Album of 2018

Eddie Palmieri has announced the forthcoming release of his second album of the year, Mi Luz Mayor, on Dec. 7. The album was recorded in honor of Palmieri’s late wife Iraida, and features new recordings of some of her favorite music. The album will be released via the pianist’s new Ropeadope imprint Uprising Music. Special … Read More “Eddie Palmieri to Release Second Album of 2018”

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Toshiko Akiyoshi Receives BNY Mellon Jazz 2018 Living Legacy Award

The Japanese pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader Toshiko Akiyoshi will receive the BNY Mellon Jazz 2018 Living Legacy Award in a special ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Oct. 19. The award, administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, recognizes living jazz masters from the … Read More “Toshiko Akiyoshi Receives BNY Mellon Jazz 2018 Living Legacy Award”

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Contestants Wanted for First Ellis Marsalis Jazz Piano Competition

NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis, in partnership with the Nu Jazz Agency and Marshall University, is looking for pianists to take part in the inaugural run of a contest bearing his name. The Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition will be held June 22-23 on Marshall University’s campus in Huntington, W.Va., in tandem with the … Read More “Contestants Wanted for First Ellis Marsalis Jazz Piano Competition”

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Herbie Hancock Tour Dates Announced

Summer and fall tour dates for legendary jazz musician and composer Herbie Hancock have been announced—his first full band tour since 2011. Multi-instrumentalist Terrace Martin, bassist James Genus and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta will accompany Hancock for the full tour with guitarist Lionel Loueke in the ensemble from tour start in June through the Monterey Jazz Festival in … Read More “Herbie Hancock Tour Dates Announced”

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Kennedy Center Presents Three “Jason+” Performances by Jason Moran

The Kennedy Center will present three multimedia performances in January and February as part of its Jason+ series which pairs Jason Moran, the Center’s Artistic Director for Jazz, with notable artists from other disciplines. Muldrow Meets Mingus On Saturday, Jan. 28, emcee and singer-songwriter Jyoti (Georgia Anne Muldrow) and Moran celebrate the music and influence … Read More “Kennedy Center Presents Three “Jason+” Performances by Jason Moran”

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